Building Bridges, the National Edition
with Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Mississippiâs Nissan Factory Auto Workers
Take Message of Workerâs Justice to NYâs International Auto Show
. Raphael Martinez, auto worker Canton, Mississippi
. James Brown, auto worker Canton, Mississippi
The United Auto Workers union launched a major union drive at
the transplant Nissan factory, in Canton, Mississippi in the heart of
the anti-union South. The Canton plant, with 3000 workers has wage
disparities with other Nissan plants, serious discord over limited and
onerous health benefits policies and is employing growing numbers
of temporary workers, creating a two-tier wage and benefit system to
both super exploit the part-time workers and undermine the maintenance
of a full-time work forceâs wages and benefits. Nissan has interrogated
workers about their involvement in organizing and forced them to attend
anti-union meetings several times a week and try to scare the workers
intimating that if they unionize the plant could close and they would lose
their jobs. But, the workers from this plant that can build 400,000 vehicles
per year are building support for worker justice, both nationally and
internationally and are now taking their message to consumers attending
the International Automobile Show.
Actor Danny Glover, along with Rank & File Nissan Auto Workers
Demand Good Jobs
Mississippi Congressperson Bennie Thompson, Derrick Johnson, Pres.
of the Mississippi NAACP along with noted actor Danny Glover bring their
support to the UAWâs efforts to unionize Nissan Mississippi auto plant.
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